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Suns' win just one in 2,000

May 02, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- Steven Souza wasn't around -- or even alive -- when the Hagerstown Suns won their very first game.

But he made sure he had a huge hand when the franchise collected its latest milestone.

Souza had two hits with three RBIs and scored the game-winning run in a three-run sixth inning Saturday night to lead the Suns to a 5-4 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets to give the Hagerstown franchise its 2,000th win in its 30th year.

"It's kind of cool," said Souza. "Two thousand wins is a lot. The team has been here for such a long time, so it is something special."

Souza did something special for the Suns (13-10), who were trying to bounce back from a 14-6 shellacking on Friday. The third baseman put Hagerstown on the scoreboard with two outs in the first inning with a mammoth home run over the left-field wall off Augusta starter Chris Heston.

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Augusta had all seven of its hits in the fourth and fifth innings to build a 4-2 lead until Souza stepped up in the sixth. Francisco Soriano and Sean Nicol led off with singles before Souza doubled to right-center field to bring home both runners to tie the game at 4. He took third when the throw went past Augusta's cutoff man.

"In plays like that, you want to be aggressive rather than passive," Souza said. "I have just been working with (hitting coach Tony Tarasco) and the coaches have been pushing me and making sure I'm not satisfied."

By taking third, Souza forced Augusta's infield to play in to try and cut the go-ahead run off at the plate. It allowed Justin Bloxom to rip a double past the drawn-in defense and down the right-field line for a game-winning RBI double.

"After last night's game, it was important to get on the board early," said Suns manager Matt LeCroy. "The guys came out and battled. Souza had a great game."

Souza's homer gave the Suns the early advantage, after Augusta hit three homers in the first inning Friday to put a stranglehold on that game.

"It was good for us to come out after a game like that and say we aren't going to take it and respond," Souza said. "You are going to have games like that, but this is the character of our team."

Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead in the third on Francisco Soriano's sacrifice fly.

Augusta took the lead with three runs in the third off Suns starter Trevor Holder. Chris Dominguez hit a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch with two outs for a 3-2 lead.

The GreenJackets added a run in the fifth when Ryan Cavan served a broken-bat single to left field for an RBI before the Suns came back.

Kyle Morrison (1-0) replaced Holder in the sixth inning and threw three innings of hitless relief with five strikeouts to freeze the GreenJackets and get the win. Dean Weaver came on for a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

"Morrison is good for us in the pen," LeCroy said. "He has a decent fastball and he isn't scared to be put in the position with guys on base."

Sandy Leon also had two hits for the Suns.

Although Saturday's win was monumental for the Suns, Souza hopes for bigger and better things.

"Will I remember this? Probably not," he said. "I gotta move on."

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